LOWVILLE, N.Y. (WWNY) - The unique tradition that is Lowville’s Cream Cheese Festival drew thousands of people to the village Saturday.
It was the 15th annual festival, a day dedicated to promoting love of the food, and a nod to the village’s Kraft Heinz plant, which makes cream cheese.
It didn’t hurt that Saturday was nearly perfect, weather-wise, a great day to stroll through downtown, where there were more than a hundred vendors and entertainers set up.
“It’s just one of those neat, quirky things about small town America that people love,” said Jeremiah Papineau, chairman of the festival.
“It continues to be this big community event that people look forward to.”
At the center of the festival? An eight by 20 foot cheese cake weighing 1,500 pounds.
“Our cheese cake actually won first place in the United Cheese Championship this year,” said Doug Masis, the Kraft Heinz plant manager. “So this is the best cheese cake in the United States.”
There was a long line to try the chocolate and vanilla flavored cake. It did not disappoint.
“I had the chocolate and the vanilla. They both taste very good!" said Adam Pratts, who was enjoying the food and the festival.
The cream cheese theme extends beyond the cake itself; there was a “cream cheese mural” Saturday for youngsters to write on.
While there’s no firm estimate of how many people attend the annual event, organizers put the number at between 10,000 and 15,000.
7 News anchor and weathercaster - and Lewis County native - Beth Hall was emcee for Saturday’s event.